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An Overview of Grover Cleveland's Second Administration

Although he enjoyed popularity during his first term, Cleveland's policies alienated many and he lost his bid for reelection in 1889. Before leaving the White House, First Lady Frances Cleveland reportedly told the staff to "take care of the place, we'll be back." By 1892 the American public was ready to admit that Cleveland's policies had been the correct ones, and Frances Cleveland's bold statement was proven correct.

The only President to serve two non-consecutive terms, Grover Cleveland enjoyed greater popularity at the beginning of his second term than at any other time during his presidency. He had made no promises to anyone in order to become President again, so he was free to handle the country's problems as he saw fit.

President Grover Cleveland

Election of 1892
Place of Nominating Convention Chicago
Ballot on Which Nominated 1st
Republican Opponent Benjamin Harrison
Electoral Vote 277 (Cleveland) to 145 (Harrison)
Popular Vote 5,556,918 (Cleveland) to 5,176,108 (Harrison)
Age at Inauguration 55
Vice-President and Cabinet
Vice-President Adlai E. Stevenson
Secretary of State Walter Q. Gresham
Richard Olney (1895)
Secretary of the Treasury John G. Carlisle
Secretary of War Daniel S. Lamont
Attorney General Richard Olney
Judson Harmon (1895)
Postmaster General Wilson S. Bissell
William L. Wilson (1895)
Secretary of the Navy Hilary A. Herbert
Secretary of the Interior Hoke Smith
David R. Francis (1896)
Secretary of Agriculture Julius Sterling Morton
   
Major Domestic Events of His Administration
Population in 1897: 72,200,000
1893 The Sherman Silver Purchase Act was repealed.
1894 The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Bill was passed.
1894 Jacob Coxey led an "army" of about 500 unemployed workers to Washington, D.C.
1894 The Pullman Strike was ended by government troops.
1896 Utah was admitted as the 45th state.
Major World Events of His Administration
1895 Guglielmo Marconi produced a practical wireless telegraph system.
1895 Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays.
1896 Henry Ford's first car appeared on the streets of Detroit, Michigan.

PRINT SOURCE
World Book Encyclopedia Chicago: World Book-Childcraft International, Inc., 1979

WEB SOURCE
Presidents of the United States www.ipl.org/div/potus/gcleveland.html

SEE ALSO
Chicago
Benjamin Harrison
Richard Olney
Jacob Coxey
Pullman Strike
Utah
Wilhelm Roentgen
Henry Ford

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